More than 370 primates have been part of the research over the past 15 years, and the scientists who conduct the tests are most probably “entirely lacking” in expertise essential to care for such animals, Australia’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has said. Continue reading »
Australian police are investigating a possible “extremist” attack involving a French national who stabbed a British woman to death and injured two others while reportedly yelling “Allahu Akbar.” As Reuters reports, the police are looking into possible “mental health or drug misuse” issues and any “indication of an extremist slant or he was radicalized,” an officer said, noting the man was in Australia on a valid tourist visa and had no known links to radical groups such as Islamic State.
The assault took place on Wednesday at a backpackers’ hostel near Townsville in northern Queensland.
Sports stores across Melbourne are running out of baseball bats as customers take fears of gang violence into their own hands.
The spike in sales, mentioned on 3AW radio’s ‘Rumour File’ segment on Wednesday, has seen Rebel Sports’ Highpoint, Watergardens, Dandenong and Frankston stores in Victoria almost sell out of bats for the sport.
Multiple store assistants said customers told them they were afraid of Melbourne’s Apex gang and were snapping up the bats for self-defence. Continue reading »
A mysterious flesh-eating virus is spreading throughout Australia – and doctors have no idea where it comes from or what causes it.
The Bairnsdale virus, also known as the buruli ulcer is a gruesome flesh-eating bacteria which devours flesh, fat, tendons, nerves and extreme cases even bone.
The virus has been in Victoria for decades with 45 cases already recorded this year – but it could soon move to New South Wales.
H/t reader kevin a.
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June and July temperatures have been the coldest in years, including several hot-water bottle-bursting mornings that have dropped below zero.
Failing a warmer spell in the next fortnight, the weather bureau predicts Perth will post its coldest winter since 1998. Continue reading »
CHILDCARE claims totalling more than $27 million of taxpayers’ money are suspected to have been sent to Islamic State terrorists.
Counter-terrorism police and seven other agencies are investigating if the childcare benefits and rebates are being sent overseas to help ISIS and other terrorist groups after a 10-month inquiry culminated in a raid on the Lakemba family day care business of brothers Mohammad and Ibrahim Omar, aged 25 and 27, who operate more than 600 in-home daycare providers.
Two men have been accused of fraudulently claiming $27 million dollars in government benefits and rebates for family childcare centres in south-west Sydney.
Ali Assaad, 22, from Moorebank, allegedly lied to the government and submitted forged time sheets claiming he was looking after seven children at his home for eight hours a day to reap thousands of taxpayer’s dollars, Australian Federal Police claim.
Assaad, who was arrested and charged with fraud on Wednesday, is accused of working with his brother, Mohammad, in the scheme, earning a salary of more than $150,000 a year and allegedly stealing $27 million together since 2012, according to ABC’s 7.30.
H/t reader kevin a.
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CHINESE Triads and West African gangs are among the international organised crime syndicates making the deadly drug ice for the booming Australian market.
Triad society members are using clandestine meth labs they have set up in the Philippines and Malaysia to supply Australian and South-East Asian drug users.
West African gangsters are trafficking ice and other methamphetamines either directly to Asia and Australia or to Asia and Australia via Southern Africa and Western Europe. Continue reading »
A state-run Chinese newspaper has demanded ‘revenge’ against Australia after it backed an international tribunal’s landmark decision to reject its claims over the South China Sea.
A scathing editorial appeared in The Global Times last week after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop did not support China when its bid to secure marine entitlement from the Philippines in the South China Sea was rejected by an international court in July.
The article said Australia had ‘double standards’ and mocked the nation as a ‘paper cat’ whose power means ‘nothing compared to the security of China’. Continue reading »
A cloud-seeding company Hydro Tasmania performed the seeding over the Derwent River watershed a day before the widespread flooding, caused by intense rainstorms, began on June 6, 2016. According to Premier Will Hodgman, the Energy Minister Matthew Groom is looking for an explanation as to why the seeding was authorized despite the heavy rainfalls already forecast.
Cloud seeding is a process of changing the amounts or types of precipitation by adding substances into the air that act in support of cloud condensation or ice nuclei, altering the microphysical processes occurring within the clouds. Continue reading »
Two days in a row.
Monday’s low of -7.7 degrees broke the previous record May low of -6.1 at the old Lithgow weather station at Birdwood Street and -5.9 at the new Cooerwull site.
Tuesday morning’s -6.1 degrees also would have equaled or beaten the previous May minimum records.
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Sydneysiders awoke to record cold weather and frost on Monday.
Richmond airport had its coldest morning since 1987 at -2.1C, the coldest morning for May on record in 23 years of data. The previous was -1.4C in May 2011.
Several sites in Sydney experienced their coldest May morning in 20 years. Continue reading »
- Housing estate at Melton South in Melbourne will be marketed at Muslims
- Iqra Village will be divided in 75 lots and targeting South Asian migrants
- Developers have plans to build a mosque at centre of new neighbourhood
- Vacant land is near where anti-Islamic protesters staged a violent rally
Developers of a new housing estate in suburban Melbourne are only targeting Islamic families in what has been described as one of Australia’s biggest faith-based developments.
Iqra Village, the residential project at Melton South in Melbourne’s west, will be divided into 75 lots and marketed towards South Asian migrants. Continue reading »
As a major leg of many carry trades, the collapse of the Aussie Dollar in the last week has sent ripples through many risk-on positions. Following last week’s plunge in inflation to record lows, one would have assumed that expectations for a ‘stimulating’ rate-cut were baked in to some extent (as AUD plunged then), but this morning’s surprise RBA move has sparked another leg down in the commodity currency, breaking below a crucial uptrend off the January lows as the commodity currency decouples from exuberance in Chinese metals…
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Fracking should be banned as a “global threat” as it causes methane leaks contaminating water in the communities near gas wells, says an Australian MP who literally set a river ablaze to draw attention to the adverse effects of the practice.
The companies that extract coal seam gas via fracking are duping people into believing that their technology is safe, while in reality it has contributed greatly to the pollution of sites like Condamine river located in the Australian state of Queensland just near the fracking site, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said in an interview to RT. Continue reading »
A couple of days ago I received a disturbing message from a reader in Australia.
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I’m a long term but previously silent reader in Sydney Australia. For most of 2016 your site has been unreachable for me, and I thought it must be down. Turns out it is being blocked by the Australian carrier Optusnet* (my ISP.) I’m now using the Tor Browser to access your site.
See my thread on an Australian electronics forum with trace route and ping details: http://www.eevblog.com/forum/chat/optusnet-blocking-a-news-site-what-to-do/ Continue reading »
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An Australian Health Minister named Jill Hennessy has just uttered the most insanely stupid, anti-science quackery ever recorded on the subject of vaccines. As part of her imperial push to poison and cripple as many Australian children (including Aborigine children) as possible, she has publicly insisted that there are “no risks in vaccinating children.”
Australia is a vaccine police state run by pro-vaccine terrorists who threaten, intimidate and engage in the physical assault of people who speak out against the false narratives of so-called “vaccine safety.” Jill Hennessy empowers these vaccine terrorists when she utters such insanely stupid statements, and she puts the lives of tens of millions of children at risk. Continue reading »
Two months ago the Australian media, which unlike its US counterpart refuses to be spoon fed ebullient economic propaganda, called bullshit on the spectacular October job numbers, when instead of adding 15,000 jobs as consensus expected, Australia’s Bureau of Statistics reported that a whopping 58,600 jobs had been added. We covered this in “Australian Media Throws Up All Over ‘Stellar’ Jobs Report: “Don’t Believe The Jobs Figures!”
One month later, the situation got even more ridiculous, when instead of the expected 10,000 drop in November, the “statistical” bureau announced that 71,400 jobs had been added, the most in 15 years, and the equivalent of 1 million jobs added in the US. Once again the local media cried foul as we documented in “Australian Media Throws Up All Over ‘Stellar’ Jobs Report, Again” Continue reading »
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be horrible for Americans and the people of the world.
But most politicians are thoroughly corrupt. Neither the Democratic or Republican parties represent the interests of the American people. Both parties ignore the desires of their own bases.
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Hundreds of monkeys have been sent to Australia for what seem to be dubious medical experiments that raise “serious ethical questions,” the local environmental authorities have warned, as reported by the Sydney Morning Herald.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Nice to see a Politician not lying through his teeth.”
Maurice Newman, chairman of Tony Abbott’s business advisory council, says UN is using debunked climate change science to impose authoritarian rule
The Australian prime minister’schief business adviser has accused the United Nations of using debunked climate change science to lead a new world order – provocative claims made to coincide with a visit from the top UN climate negotiator. Continue reading »
8 Dec 2015 – At Pearce it was the coldest December day since records began.
The temperature dipped to around 7C in the Perth Area this morning … and it is summer now in Perth! Continue reading »